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Alabama QB AJ McCarron spotted in walking boot

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Before Alabama fans go having a heart attack, there may no reason to overreact to the sight of Alabama quarterback walking around with a walking boot on his right foot. Upon arriving in Atlanta and stepping in to the Georgia Dome, site of this weekend’s Chick-fil-A Kickoff, AJ McCarron was caught on camera with a walking boot on his leg.

There has been no talk this week about McCarron being significantly injured and at this time there is no word that playing time could be in jeopardy. Not that Nick Saban would be above that level of gamesmanship in any game, let alone the season opener, but if there was a chance McCarron would not play Saturday then it is pretty likely we would have heard about it by now.

McCarron did suffer a bruised foot during  practice earlier in the month, so this could very well be the drawn out impact of the injury. If for any reason McCarron is not available at the start or at any point during the game, the Crimson Tide would likely put the offense in the hands of junior Blake Sims. Sims, a Georgia native, is listed second on the depth chart behind McCarron. If needed, Alabama should have enough of an advantage in other positions to get by without McCarron and a junior quarterback at the helm.

Regardless of McCarron’s status, Alabama still figures to be well ahead in the health department compared to Virginia Tech. Yesterday we learned the Hokies had lost starting tight end Ryan Malleck for the year, the latest in a number of injuries for the Hokies leading up to the first kickoff of the season.

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11 Responses to “Alabama QB AJ McCarron spotted in walking boot”
  1. dcroz says: Aug 30, 2013 9:26 PM

    Hopefully, there is nothing seriously wrong with AJ and the boot is merely a precaution. I do hope that if ‘Bama gets some separation from the Hokies tomorrow night–and they should–that Saban will be quick to put Sims or whoever he thinks will be his starter next year in. If there has been one thing that I’ve questioned about Saban, it’s that he leaves his starting QB for longer than he needs and doesn’t let his backups get more reps. Then again, he’s a four-time national champion coach…and I’m not.

  2. alligatorsnapper says: Aug 30, 2013 9:27 PM

    McCarron will play. If somehow McCarron cannot play the whole game, Sims can hand off every down and move down the field on VA Tech. I think Saban will even put in the 2nd and 3rd in the final quarter to gain game experience for them. Game should be well in control at the end of the first quarter, if not before for Bama.

  3. mudhead123 says: Aug 30, 2013 9:30 PM

    VT will lose, but fans will be surprised how close it will be (I would say losing by 14). Talk about going to 3rd string won’t happen. Lucky for Bama fans, the team isn’t taking VT so lightly

  4. rsmeans says: Aug 30, 2013 9:37 PM

    Actually the importance of elite QB’s is Vasily over estimated. Johnny football, Arron Murray and AJ Mccarron are elite QB’s but no game on any of their schedules is likely to be affected by their absence.

    Tamu has probably the best backup of the group but all three teams are very talented and QB is not necessarily the most important position for any of the three teams. But that is media and fan hype so what can one expect.

  5. dcfan999 says: Aug 30, 2013 9:48 PM

    Man I hope vtech wins

  6. barbeaux says: Aug 30, 2013 9:58 PM

    I hope it’s nothing serious. He’s too good of a competitor. I’d rather see him play all season than not.

  7. kingufr says: Aug 30, 2013 10:08 PM

    More importantly, will his girlfriend be at the game?

  8. timb12 says: Aug 31, 2013 1:52 AM

    I would have been more excited if he were spotted in Denny’s.

  9. dhardy8207 says: Aug 31, 2013 9:47 AM

    I agree that this is media hype…gotta give viewers a reason to watch the game. All the news of injuries to the VT roster further deminish the chance of this being a entertaining competition.

    With the young talent taking the field on the BAMA side, I hope this is a challenge that will get them ready for the competition of down the schedule…

    GO BAMA!……..ROLL TIDE!!!

  10. florida727 says: Aug 31, 2013 9:56 AM

    I want to see him play and have a monster year. I don’t think he gets the respect he deserves because the spotlight is usually on someone else, a running back, a wide receiver, a defensive player or nine, whatever. He’s far better than he’s given credit for. Whether they win another national title or not remains to be seen, but it’s his senior season and I’d like to see him at least be able to compete week-in, week-out. Every senior deserves that. No one is guaranteed to go out with a championship obviously, but remember, most of these kids will never play on Sundays. They’ll work 9 to 5 Monday through Friday like the rest of us. I like seeing them be able to enjoy their last hurrahs. They’ll never have another experience like this again.

  11. dcroz says: Aug 31, 2013 1:20 PM

    Fansided is reporting that McCarron had minor surgery Thursday on his toe for an infection from an ingrown toenail. The boot was a precautionary measure to prevent further problems. It may cause some discomfort but is not expected to hinder his play.

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